Raymond van Barneveld is recovering after a collapse during Friday’s Players Championship event in Milton Keynes. The 53-year-old was beaten…
Raymond van Barneveld is recovering after a collapse during Friday’s Players Championship event in Milton Keynes.
The 53-year-old was beaten 6-1 by Ryan Searle in the opening round of the fourth PDC Super Series event and fell ill in the arena shortly after the match.
He was treated by paramedics but was not sent to hospital and returned to his hotel room on site, where he continues to be monitored.
Play was suspended on all boards for approximately one hour whilst Van Barneveld received treatment.
Van Barneveld’s manager Ben de Kok told Dutch outlet AD that the five-time World Champion collapsed after watching compatriot Jeffrey de Zwaan’s game and was put in the recovery position by paramedics.
De Kok added that Van Barneveld, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes back in 2009, attempted to get up but collapsed again.
The cause of his turn is not yet known and he is set to return home to the Netherlands in the coming days.
Van Barneveld regained his Tour Card at European Qualifying School last month after a year away from the circuit and returned to the winner’s circle at only the third attempt, winning Players Championship 3.
However, he suffered an early exit at the UK Open a fortnight ago and managed just one win in the second quartet of ProTour events this week.